Man struck by Metro train near Rockville Metro station

Montgomery County firefighters are seen on the tracks of Metro after rescuing a woman from under a Metro train.(Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
A firefighter is seen at the edge of a fence that firefighters cut through to get to a woman trapped undera Metro train on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)
Firefighter cut through a fence after a man climbed over it and was struck by a train in Rockville. (Courtesy Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)

A man suffered life-threatening, traumatic injuries after a Metro train struck him not far from the Rockville, Maryland, station Tuesday morning.

Metro Transit police said in a tweet that the man had climbed a fence next to the Metro tracks in Montgomery County.

The train struck the man about a quarter of a mile from the Rockville station around 5:40 a.m., according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.

Firefighters rescued the man from under the train as passengers stayed on board.

“This is what we call a tactical rescue. They cut a hole in the fence, had to get down onto the track bed, and remove that person from underneath the train,” Piringer told NBC Washington.


Authorities initially said a man was struck, then said it was a woman, then said it was a man. WTOP is looking into the contradicting statements.

Metro Transit police at 7:06 a.m. said all of the passengers have been safely taken off the train.

Metro’s Red Line trains ran on a single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook for almost two hours during the rescue operations.

WTOP’s Andrea Cambron contributed to this report.

Colleen Kelleher

Colleen Kelleher is an award-winning journalist who has been with WTOP since 1996. Kelleher joined WTOP as the afternoon radio writer and night and weekend editor and made the move to in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

Federal News Network Logo
Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up